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Tijdschrift voor Psychiatrie 59 (2017) 10, 650 - 654

Short report

Non-invasive neurostimulation in the treatment of child and adolescent psychiatry

S. van der Meersche, G. Lemmens, C. Matton, C. Baeken

background Neurostimulation is a potentially interesting treatment option for children and adolescents with psychiatric disorders.
aim To review the efficacy of two non-invasive neurostimulation techniques, namely repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rtms) and transcranial direct current stimulation (tdcs), in the treatment of child and adolescent psychiatric disorders.
method We searched the literature research using PubMed.
results There is some evidence that rtms is being used to treat unipolar depression, psychosis, autism spectrum disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and tic disorder. So far, however, very little research has been done on tdcs.
conclusion Further research is vitally important in order to ensure the safety and efficacy of rtms and tdcs.

keywords child and adolescent psychiatry